VA Accountability Act’s Passage in House First Step Toward Accountability
Arlington, Va. – The U.S. House of Representatives tonight overwhelmingly passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 (HR 4031) with final vote of 390-33. This bipartisan bill empowers the VA Secretary to fire and replace failing executives and managers, and is now headed to the Senate for consideration. Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, issued the following statement in reaction:
“The VA Management Accountability Act’s overwhelming and bipartisan passage in the House is the first step on the road to accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is a sign that members on both sides of the aisle understand the urgent need to restore trust in the scandal-plagued VA.
“Kudos to Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, the chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, who worked to introduce this bill, champion it, and get it passed. And thank you to the The American Legion, AMVETS, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America for their early and vocal support of the bill.
“This is a historic move by the House, but the fight is not over. We will remain vigilant as the bill moves to the Senate, where Sen. Marco Rubio’s companion version awaits action. The VA has proven that reform is not going to come from within, so we’re glad that the House has stepped up to demand accountability – and we look to the Senate to do the same.
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